Beyonce and JAY-Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir back in June, but have never discussed how they came up with the siblings’ unusual names.
Until now, that is, with JAY-Z revealing the origins of the twins’ names during the latest edition of the “Rap Radar” podcast.
“Rumi is our favourite poet, so it was for our daughter,” said the “4:44” rapper during his chat with Elliot Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller.
“And then Sir was, like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.”
JAY-Z also reveals that Beyonce’s due date led him to schedule his upcoming “4:44” tour well after the birth in order to have some quality time with the babies after they were born, which is why the album was released in July but the tour won’t kick off until the fall.
“I booked the tour for October so I could have at least four months … to just really bond and see their fingers and s**t like that,” he said. “They’ll be with me [on tour] anyway, but I’m just saying, like, [I needed] a space where I’m not doing nothing, I’m just focused on them. I’m not thinking about a show at night or anything like that. That’s why the tour is so far away from the release of the album.”
Meanwhile, JAY-Z also relates an anecdote about one of the bonus tracks on “4:44” that features some freestyle rapping from his firstborn, daughter Blue Ivy.
“She got the headphones and she climbed on the little stool, and then she just started rapping. … I was like, ‘Oh, s**t.’ I have [her full freestyle] on my phone. Five minutes! Five minutes of her doing that,” recalls JAY-Z of his daughter’s rapping.
“She kept doing that ‘boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka’ [part]. I was like, ‘Oh, she understands the concept of a hook.’ She’s five, and she understands the concept of a hook,” the hip-hop star said. “I was like, ‘What the f–k is going on in here?’ One of the great memories,” he adds.